Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

monument valley marathon

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.

Navajo Runner Wins National Champion

MUSKOGEE, OKLA. – March 18, 2016

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico, took top honors in the indoor mile at the 2016 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships recently. In addition, Thomas has been named a 2016 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-American.

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico

Thomas took the national title for the Indoor Track Mile with a time of 4 minutes, 16.31 seconds.

“It was a huge upset as he was ranked 7th going in,” said Coach Clay Mayes III. “It came down to the final lap, with the number one ranked guy leading it. Jackson pulled up in the final straight to pass him with 30 meters to go. Jackson passed him so quickly, that he wasn’t able to respond.”

For more information, contact Coach Mayes at

Bacone college


“Jackson Thomas gave Bacone its first-ever men’s individual championship with a win in the mile as he finished in 4:16.31, edging Daniel Garcia of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) by 0.66 seconds.”

2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships – Finals Recap


Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade Grand Marshal

John Pinto State Senator of New Mexico John Pinto State Senator of New Mexico

For his dedicated, unwavering commitment to his constituents in his service to the great communities across the Navajo Reservation and as the State Senator of New Mexico, the Northern Navajo Nation Fair Board has the great honor of announcing Senator John Pinto as the Grand Marshal of the 103rd Annual Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade. Mr. Pinto has been a long time servant and advocate for many communities throughout the Four Corners.

Senator Pinto has been distinguished as the longest serving member in the New Mexico State Senate and one of the first Native Americans to serve in the Legislature. “In support of our chapter, he has served as a great leader with allocating funds for our Senior Citizen Center and the underground irrigation project that currently is in the final stages of Phase IV. He is helpful to the Navajo Nation and we are going to miss him in Sante Fe,” said Rosie Frank, Fair Board representative of Gadii’ahi Chapter. Senator Pinto has been a key team player in the State Legislature, to improving development projects and allocating funds for capital improvement initiatives throughout his journey in the Senate seat. Recently, Mr. Pinto was commended for his efforts in the expansion project of Highway 491, which has been a dream of his becoming a reality. “Since I was a little kid I recall the name Senator Pinto, it was through the years I became familiar with his accomplishments and advocacy for the people. I’ve come to know him as a very humble, friendly man and he is a true leader that certainly has enriched the communities with his ideas and bringing opportunities we seek,” said Robert Felson, Fair Director.

The Northern Navajo Nation Fair Parade will kick off early Saturday morning, October 4 at 8:00 A.M. Thousands are expected to attend the Four Corners largest parade and fill the streets along Highway 64 in Shiprock, New Mexico. Parade line up will begin at 5:00 A.M by the Fleet Management building east of Shiprock. For more information please visit our website at


2014 Shiprock Fair Night Performance

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Opening Ceremonies

OCTOBER 2 , 2014 at Shiprock Fair Grounds Rodeo Arena

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Opening Ceremonies
Rodeo Arena Gates Open At 5:00 p.m. Show Begins At 6:00 p.m.

Joe Tohonnie Jr., Apache Crown Dancers,Hawaiian Dancers, Bird Dancers, Guardians of the Grand Canyon Dancers, and many more!

Shiprock Fair Ground Rodeo Arena
(East of Hwy 491 & Hwy 64 Intersection in Shiprock, NM )

NOTE: If You Enter Fair Grounds Area Before 4:00 p.m. Admission Will Be Free. After 4:00 p.m. There Will Be Admission To The Fairgrounds Area

Ramah Navajo Fair & Rodeo

Open Indian  Rodeo-14

July 31, 2014 through August 3, 2014

Pine Hill, New Mexico
THEME: “Honoring our Legendary Cowboys & Cowgirls”


6:30AM Blessing Ceremony.Fair Grounds – Red Building
8:00AM Miss Ramah Health Walk.. Pine Hill Fitness Trail
10:00AM Fair Opens: Exhibits & Vendors…. Fair Grounds
6:00PM Team Roping..Fair Grounds
7:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Fashion Show.Fair Grounds – Red Building
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Bad Country” Sponsored by: Martha Chatto… Fair Grounds – Red Building


8:00AMHorse Day Semiar (All Day). Fair Grounds
10:00AM Exhibits & Vendor.Fair Grounds
2:00PM Ranch Rodeo.Fair Grounds
5:00PM Miss Ramah Rodeo Queen Contest.Fair Ground Arena
6:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Modern Speech/ Talent Show.. Fair Grounds – Red Building
7:00PM Rodeo – Bull Riding. Fair Ground Arena
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Midnight Rhythm” Sponsored by Miss Ramah Navajo Queen.Fair Ground – Red Building

SATURDAY August 2, 2014

6:00AM Run from Mountain View to Pine Hill.. Mt.View to Pine Hill
7:00AM Parade Line Up.Pine Hill NHA Sub Office
9:00AM Parade Starts. BIA Route 122
10:00AM Exhibits & Vendors. Fair Grounds
10:30AM VIP Luncheon.TBA
10:30AM Volleyball Tournament. Pine Hill School Gym
11:00AM Registration for Fry Bread Contest.. Fair Grounds
12:00PM Music Fest Midnight Rhythm, Blu Shades & Roy Ramone and Wild Horse Band.Fair Grounds – Red Building
1:00PM Elderly Men & Women Fry Bread Contest..Fair Grounds
Male and Female Fry Bread Contest.. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Benefit Song & Dance.. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Bingo and Cake Walk… Fair Grounds
1:00PM Hopi Dance Group…….. Fair Grounds
1:00PM Community Arts & Craft Show.. Fair Grounds
2:00PM Miss Ramah Rodeo Queen Coronation. Fair Grounds Arena
2:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Traditional Speech/ Talent Show….. Fair Grounds – Red Building
5:00PM FREE BBQ..Fair Grounds
7:00PM Miss Ramah Navajo Crowning.. Fair Grounds – Red Building
7:00PM Open Show Rodeo……. Fair Ground Arena
9:00PM Country & Western Dance “Borderline Country”.. Fair Ground – Red Building
9:00PM Hip-Hop Dance. Fair Ground – Red Building

SUNDAY August 3, 2014
9:00AM Mud Bogging………… Pine Hill Wind Mill Area
9:00AM Volleyball Tournament…Pine Hill School Gym
10:00AM Pet Show…………………..Fair Ground Arena

Contact Information:

Rodeo Entries:
Nate Henio (505) 495-8933
Boots Maria (505) 775-3221

Ranch Rodeo:
Marvin Begay (505) 495-0167

Parade: NHA 505-775-3369/3289 Devonna Spencer or Dorothy Ramone
8 Mile Run: Wellness Center 505-775-3272 Raenell Platero

Fair Information:
Dorothy Ramone (505) 775-3398 or (505) 713-2879
Monica Yazzie (505) 775-3243

Gathering of Nations PowWow 2014

Gathering of Nations PowWow

April 24-26, 2014

University of New Mexico Arena “The Pit”
Avenida Cesar Chavez Blvd. SE
(Hwy. 25, exit #223)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Gathering of Nations Grand Entry


April 26th, 2014 – Saturday

Registration for Dancers & Singers Open. 9:00 am

Will Call for Advance Tickets Purchases Open.
Bullet Doors Open to the Public. 10:00 am

Pre-Powwow Performances on Arena Floor & Stage 49.
Bullet Drum Roll Call 11:45 am

Grand Entry of Dancers – Invocation
Bullet Hand Drum Contest (Saturday Afternoon ONLY) NOON –  3:00pm
Competition Dancing for Golden Age, Juniors & Teens Categories, Tiny Tots Contest (Saturday Only!)
Bullet Drum Contest.

Red Thunder Rolling Motorcycle Riders Arrive 2:00 pm
Bullet Specials Contests, Giveaways & Honoring the 2014

Gathering of Nations Head Dancers. 3:00pm

Final Gourd Dance. 5:00pm

Bullet Final Grand Entry of Dancers – Invocation 6:00pm
Final moments for Out-Going 2013-2014 Miss Indian World Kansas K. Begaye 7:00pm
Bullet Crowning of the New Miss Indian World 2014-2015.

Announcement 2014 GON Elders, Tiny Tots, Golden Age &  Junior Winners. 8:00pm – ?
Bullet Competition Dancing & Singing continued for Adult Categories and Drum Contest Continues.
Announce 2014 GON Teens, Adults & Drums Winners.

Live Stream

Joe Vandever – Navajo Code Talker

Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever

Navajo Oral History Project

Joe Vandever - Navajo Code Talker

Photo by Elisenda Xifra Reverter

Joe Vandever Sr. lives in Haystack, New Mexico. After growing up near Grants, New Mexico, he was recruited into the 297th Platoon of the United States Marine Corps.

Joe Vandever - Navajo Code Talker

Photo by Elisenda Xifra Reverter

Joe was enlisted as a Navajo Code Talker, traveled on 16 different ships and saw action on several South Pacific islands during World War II. Returning from the war, Joe served the Diné people as a medicine man, practicing his spiritual rituals and beliefs that he still holds closely today.

Project completed by:

The project team working on a documentary film about Joe’s life includes Shannon Bolte and Joel Farber from Winona State University, and James McKenzie and Shawn Tsosie, Diné College students.

This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2012.

It contains stories Joe Vandever Sr. of Haystack, New Mexico, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life.

This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation MuseumNavajo Nation LibraryWinona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and will be archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State UniversityMass Communication Department and Diné College– The official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation


Huerfano Mesa – Navajo Sacred Mountain

Huerfano Mesa (Dzil Na’oodilii – Encircling Mountain)

Home of First Man (‘Altsè Hastiin) and First Woman (’Altsè Asdzáá)

Huerfano Mesa -Navajo Sacred Mountain

Huerfano Mountain is a mountain summit in San Juan County in the state of New Mexico (NM). Huerfano Mountain climbs to 7,441 feet (2,268.02 meters) above sea level. Huerfano Mountain is located at latitude – longitude coordinates (also called lat – long coordinates or GPS coordinates) of N 36.425843 and W -107.845061

Dzil Na’oodilii is one of the sacred mountains of the Navajos, and is said to be suspended from the sky with sunbeams.

Dzil Na’oodilii is considered to be the “lungs” of Navajo country.

It is also the home of Yódí’ashkii (Goods of Value Boy), and Yódí’at’ééd (Goods of Value Girl), and one of the homes of ‘Altsé Hastiin (First Man), and ‘Altsé ‘Asdzáá (First Woman).

In the beginning DzilNa’oodilii was decorated with pollen, rugs, hides, cloth, and Male Rain for the coming of a special child (Changing Woman)

The Four Navajo Sacred Mountains

Mount Blanca (Tsisnaasjini’ – Dawn or White Shell Mountain – East
Mount Taylor (Tsoodzil – Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain) – South
San Francisco Peaks (Doko’oosliid – Abalone Shell Mountain) – West
Mount Hesperus Dibé Nitsaa (Big Mountain Sheep) – Obsidian Mountain – North

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Navajo Squaw Dance 1873

View of a Native American (Navajo) Circle Dance (Squaw Dance) at Fort Defiance (McKinley County), New Mexico.

Navajo Squaw Dance 1873

The men wear woven shirts and pants, hats and necklaces. Some men are on horseback and three men sit on the ground nearby. The adobe buildings and a log wall at Fort Defiance are in the distance.
Creator(s) – O’Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882.

Date 1873

Notes: “Expedition of 1872, 1st Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler. Corps of Engineers, Commanding.” printed on stereo card.; Descriptive information printed on label on verso reads: “Navajoe Indian Dance, at old Fort Defiance, N.M.”; Formerly F22756;

Number “80” etched in original negative reproduced in photographic print.; Stamp on verso shows eagle logo and reads: “War Department, Corps on Engineers, U.S. Army. Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian.

Photo of Navajo Family in Corn Field

Navajo family in a corn field in northern New Mexico

Publisher: Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Date Original ca. 1920-1940